Homeowner Fires at, Wounds, and Runs Off Burglar

Bob Irwin highlights the latest self-defense and other shootings of the week. Read them and see what went wrong, what went right and what we can learn from self-defense with a gun.

Home Invasion
Home Invasion

USA –-(Ammoland.com)- KIRO TV 7 and KOMONEWS reports 07-16-18 in the Ballard suburb of Seattle, Washington, a local resident shot a burglar who was breaking into his home early Sunday morning.

At approximately 4:15 a.m. on Sunday, a Ballard resident was sleeping in his home in the 6700 block of 25th Avenue NW when he heard someone breaking into his house.

According to the Seattle Police Department, the resident armed himself with a handgun and left his room to find that the intruder had already broken into the mudroom (an entryway to take off your muddy boots) and was trying to gain access to the main house.

The resident then fired a gun through a window in the door separating the entryway from the rest of the home. The homeowner called 911 himself and officers responded.

Ten minutes later, a 35-year-old man with a gunshot wound in his abdomen was dropped off at Swedish Hospital in Ballard and was later transferred to Harborview Medical Center for further treatment.

A neighbor also reported seeing a dark-colored station wagon driving away from the resident’s house. Officers later located the vehicle several blocks away and observed fresh blood on the inside and outside of it as well as what appeared to be stolen property inside.

A man and a woman were standing nearby when the vehicle was found and were taken in for questioning. The male suspect had an outstanding warrant and was arrested. The woman was the sister of the wounded suspect.

She was interviewed and released from the scene. Officers impounded the vehicle. This remains an ongoing investigation.


Statistics say bad guys usually flee when challenged, they flee faster when shot at and even faster when actually shot.

Naturally, the responding cops find the disabled suspect vehicle quickly. At 4 A.M. patrol Officers find few vehicles to investigate.

Always call 911 immediately, before the suspect calls with some BS story about you trying to murder him for no apparent reason. That also prevents belief in his story to medical providers about how he accidentally shot himself.

Bob Irwin
Bob Irwin

Bob Irwin, Las Vegas

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Since this was Seattle, I’m surprised the homeowner is “still at large”. I thought they had “disarmed” the citizens and awarded “atta-boys” to all successful criminals. Guess this guys problem was getting caught :^)


My bet is the two located near the abandoned car were with him when he broke in to the house. In other words, they are accomplices.No way his sister “happened to be” standing near the car when the coppers found it. She and the “nice guy” with the warrant had to have been part of the evening’s activities. Hope the coppers can make the connexion, add new charges to the lout they picked up, and lay some new ones on her. Seems this was a bit of a family affair…. which “famiglia” needs broken up. I’m almost surprised Seattle’s Finest… Read more »

Clark Kent

Were YOU at the scene? If not, SHUT UP!

Webfoot Logger

Interesting . . . no local coverage.

Like usual.

Douglas Kuykendall

If he would have used a shotgun,wouldn’t have worried about what he was going to say.Dead can’t talk.

Clark Kent

Rubbish. What if a 410 bore shotgun had been used? THINK before you post.

Douglas Kuykendall

What if a 410 was used? You have something against 410 shotguns or what.Maybe you don’t think a 410 would put their lights out. I know you think your super fucking man,but this is reality an there’s nothing super about your dumb ass. You seem to know nothing about everything and everything about fucking nothing.Just sit there an read if you can


Sounds advice. Who ever calls first is who the cops believe.


Calling first might bear some weight, but I like to think police base their conclusions off of evidence, not just hearsay. How would the burglar have explained the broken lock and being in the home of a stranger? Let alone the stolen items in the get away car?

Clark Kent

According to the uninformed (like you).


Clark Kent I am sorry you have to post such negative comments to what people say. Today I think you are more repulsive that usual. It must be the wrong time of the month, take a couple of Midol and go to bed.


LOL. I take it Clark Kent is a regular troll here? I think the poor man may be stuck in a phone booth somewhere trying to find his imaginary cape!